Jaime Sumersille

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'Magic of Lights' Holiday Celebration Returns to Jones Beach

Enjoy a luminescent holiday light show at Jones Beach State Park right from the comfort of your toasty car as Magic of Lights returns to Long Island's South Shore this season. 

The 2½-mile drive-through holiday light show illuminates the skies—and brings smiles to all those who visit. It last was staged on Long Island in 2015.

For more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

Halloween Weekend for LI Kids: Parades, Parties, Pumpkins

This Halloween weekend, spook up some fun for the whole family. Carve a pumpkin and set it afloat at the the Great Jack o' Lantern Spectacular Sail at Belmont Lake State Park. Enjoy safe trick-or-treating in Long Beach, at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, or the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington.

Do the monster mash and party like a ghoul at the Ghostly Gala at the Long Island Children's Museum, the Milleridge Halloween Village, the Halloween Festival at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai, or the Haunted Hatchery at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery.

Check out our Halloween Guide for more local fun, and be sure to keep an eye on the forecast this weekend. You may want to call, or check the venue's website, before heading out.

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The Gaming Studio: Technology and Coding for LI Kids

Get your gaming faces on and your digits ready. The latest technology-focused space on Long Island, The Gaming Studio, in Syosset, teaches real-world tech skills in an entertaining and productive environment.

For more enrichment opportunities, peruse our camps and classes guide. Want more birthday party ideas? Pop over to our Party Place. Plus, our STEM page is a central spot for all things science, technology, engineering and math.

The Best LI Destinations for Kids to Learn About Diversity

It might be difficult for your wee one to imagine of a world outside of his or her Matchbox or Shopkins collections. However, teaching kids early on about different cultures can help them appreciate differences in people and traditions. These museums and historical sites offer educational information about the diverse cultures that make up Long Island.

For more Long Island spots brimming with information, visit our museum guide. From outer space to trains, there's an educational opportunity waiting to engage your family.

Columbus Day Weekend Fun: Fall Festivals, Pumpkins

You can pack a lot of family fun into a three-day weekend during fall on Long Island.

Break out the family lederhosen and celebrate all things German at Nassau County's weekend-long Oktoberfest. Step up your fright game at Bayville Scream Park's Kids "Not So Scary" Days. Don't fret—it's toned down all of the Halloween-themed attractions for little eyes and ears.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our October GoList offers other fun, family events for the final weekend of the month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're regularly adding more.

Also, it's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Weekend Fun: Shopkins, Pumpkin Weigh-Off, San Gennaro

See which homegrown pumpkin tips the scale at the Hicks Nurseries Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Hang around afterward for its fall festival. Shoppies wobble onto NYCB Theatre this weekend for a unique Shopkins Live! theatrical performance. Have the kids run off some energy at the Tiny Titan Run, an obstacle course in Riverhead, or the first of the Kids Fun Run series in Bethpage.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers other fun, family events for the final weekend of the month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're regularly adding more.

Also, it's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

Spirit's Promise: A Horse Farm and Rescue on LI's East End

It's My Little Pony turned real life at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, a facility for abused, neglected or unwanted farm animals. It offers animals a renewed lease on life while providing a rewarding and educational destination for visitors. 

Want to get up close and personal with other animals? Peruse our list of animal farms and petting zoos on Long Island. Looking for more East End fun? Check out our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork.

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